Romania's Halep Beats American Stephens to Take French Open Title

GETTYGarbine Muguruza was shocked at Serena Williams French Open withdrawal

I mentioned in Thursday's preview that Halep's status as an underdog for her semi-final was utterly absurd, given both clay data and the fact that she had been tournament favourite for virtually the entire event.

After her third-round win against Julia Goerges, Williams charged at Sharapova's book, questioning why it wasn't truthful - at least to her - and why Sharapova was so obsessed with her as a subject.

When asked about her previous Grand Slam final defeats, Halep told The New York Times: "I lost three times until now, and no one died, so it will be OK". Halep turned around and raised her arms, looking relieved as much as pleased.

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She fought back from a set down against Maria Sharapova in 2014 only to lose a tight decider, before seeing a set and 3-0 lead disappear in a barrage of Jelena Ostapenko winners a year ago.

She will now face Sloane Stephens in Saturday's final after the US Open champion beat Madison Keys 6-4 6-4.

Mouratoglou said he wasn't surprised to see the 23-time major singles champion perform so encouragingly in her first Grand Slam since giving birth last September and thinks she can be a force at Wimbledon.

I am going with Sloane Stephens.

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A foot injury - and then surgery - had put her career on ice for 10 months and her ranking had nosedived to 323 in the world.

"I think it would be odd for me not to include someone that I have competed against for so many years", Sharapova said. I think Stephens has been too consistent throughout these two weeks.

Muguruza improved in the early stages of the second set, holding serve for the first time and backing it up with a break on her way to a 3-1 lead.

Backed by fans who loudly chanted her first name between games, Halep went ahead 3-0 in only 15 minutes with the help of only one victor.

Another grand slam chance for Simona Halep. "So I think that's why I won today", Halep said. Although Halep leads the head-to-head match-up, this is the final of a major. It's just how it's happened for me", Stephens said, "I think once I get going in a tournament, I'm pretty consistent, which is good. Halep's only way to win this match is in straight sets. Don't be surprised if she's a top-two player by the U.S. Open.

That kind of inconsistency was never going to be enough to stop Stephens, who held on to an early break in the third game to serve out the first set - though Keys could consider herself unlucky after the forehand victor from Stephens on break point was later revealed to be long by Hawkeye. And it's always tough against her.

Stephens, seeded 10th, used her powerful game to full effect to take the first set but then ran out of steam to allow Romania´s Halep to complete a memorable victory.

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